Smart Film

Smart Film can be used anywhere there's existing glass in any size and any shape!

Choose your application to learn more about Smart Film and you'll be more than satisfied with the results!

Change Smart Film instantly with a simple ON – OFF switch changes the PDLC film from being clear (transparent) to frosted (opaque). In its frosted state the film acts as an electronic blind providing privacy and security for any glass, window or partition.

Smart Film also provides savings on heating and cooling costs and is easier to clean than blinds through:

  • 98% UV protection
  • 40% solar reduction

CNC Laser cut for custom shapes and sizes are available and multiple pieces can be joined together to create large switchable glazed panels or partitions.

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More Information About Smart Film

In Smart Glass polymer dispersed liquid crystal devices (PDLCs), liquid crystals are dissolved or dispersed into a liquid polymer followed by solidification or curing of the polymer. During the change of the polymer from a liquid to solid, the liquid crystals become incompatible with the solid polymer and form droplets throughout the solid polymer. The curing conditions affect the size of the droplets that in turn affect the final operating properties of the "smart window". Typically, the liquid mix of polymer and liquid crystals is placed between two layers of plastic that include a thin layer of a transparent, conductive material followed by curing of the polymer, thereby forming the basic sandwich structure of the smart window. This structure is in effect a capacitor.

Contacts from a UL Certified low voltage power supply are attached to the transparent electrodes. With no applied voltage, the liquid crystals are randomly arranged in the droplets, resulting in scattering of light as it passes through the smart glass window assembly. This results in the translucent, "milky white" appearance. When a voltage is applied to the electrodes, the electric field formed between the two transparent electrodes on the glass causes the liquid crystals to align, allowing light to pass through the droplets with very little scattering and resulting in a transparent state. The degree of transparency can be controlled by the applied voltage. This is possible because at lower voltages, only a few of the liquid crystals align completely in the electric field, so only a small portion of the light passes through while most of the light is scattered. As the voltage is increased, fewer liquid crystals remain out of alignment, resulting in less light being scattered. It is also possible to control the amount of light and heat passing through, when tints and special inner layers are used. It is also possible to create fire-rated and anti X-Ray versions for use in special applications. This technology has been used in interior and exterior settings for privacy control (for example conference rooms, intensive-care areas, bathroom/shower doors) and as a temporary projection screen.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, It blocks over 98% of the harmful UV rays in both its energized and un-energized state.

Benefits

  • Smart Glass also known as PDLC Glass provides Instant and precise privacy control
  • Efficient use of space in the built environment
  • Smart Glass blocks 98+% of damaging UV rays
  • Eco friendly product
  • Exceptional optical qualities that reduce glare and eye strain
  • Large sizes of many shapes can be produced
  • Our Smart Glass provides stable colour characteristics for the life of the unit
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Hygienic low maintenance reducing the transmission of MRSA and VRE pathogens
  • Smart Glass enhances corporate image
  • Reduces uncomfortable “Gold fish bowl” feeling when living or working in high-density buildings such as apartment blocks or office complexes
  • Reduced fading of carpets, furniture and protect valuable artwork with the advantages of Smart Glass 
  • High UV stability
  • Low working voltage 
  • High video contrast at any viewing angle and any illumination level 
  • Long life – tested to in excess of 3,000,000 cycles gives our Smart Glass an incredible advantage over competition

Real-World Application: Healthcare

How do you measure the cost of air borne illnesses from Hospital blinds? Blinds and other partitions need to be cleaned and sterilized on a frequent basis to minimize the presence MRSA and VRE viruses that could become fatal. Smart Film used in Hospitals presents a cost effective solution to practically negating the chances of airborne viruses being present or surviving in the Hospital setting. Easy to clean and sterilize without labor intensive removal and replacement allowing for ongoing usage of hospital facilities and providing the needed privacy.

We are proud to be the only UL Recognized Smart Film on the market. Meeting strict guidelines to qualify for UL as the most recognized testing laboratories in the world.

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